Summer movie guide: outlook is promising

The Avengers, May 4 There are only two reasons why someone shouldn’t see Marvel’s The Avengers: they’re a DC Comics cultist or they flat-out hate fun. With early reviews declaring it a star-studded character- driven superhero fest, fan-favorite Joss Whedon’s comic creation promises to be a witty action-packed summer spectacular.

A spastic indie action thriller, God Bless America chronicles a suicidal-turned homicidal man’s bizarre murder spree. While a limited release may keep this dark comedy from driving into any theaters nearby, the off-kilter hilarity potshot with some high-octane violence and unexpected cultural relevance may make it the ninja hit of the summer.

People often dismiss animation as a child’s medium, but Pixar always hits the bull’s-eye with audiences young and old. Brave, a courageous work set in the Scottish countryside, is the first Pixar film with a female protagonist. It also contains all the heart, majesty and magic that ensure Pixar’s arrow will, as always, fly true.

Yes, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise just concluded in 2007, but that shouldn’t deter fans from seeing this movie. Casting Andrew Garfield as the titular superhero is a marked improvement from the bland Tobey Maguire. With talented director Marc Webb helming the project, this could be the Spider-Man movie that fans of the comics have been waiting for.

Described by The Guardian as “one of the few committed men left working in mainstream American cinema,” director Oliver Stone of Platoon fame sets out to prove it with Savages. This smart and sexy romp utilizes a gritty and sleek style as the vehicle for a surprisingly vicious film focusing on the dangerous world of drug cartels.

The highly anticipated conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman saga may be the summer film with the most buzz. In the movie, the infamous caped crusader faces off against the brutish villain Bane and the darkly ambiguous antihero Selina Kyle. My suggestion: Buy your ticket months in advance.